The Importance Of Oxygen In Managing COPD
For the millions of Americans who are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) each year, the types of treatments they take and lifestyle changes they make will determine how good they feel each day. While there may not be a “cure” for COPD in the traditional sense, there are many things that you can do to alleviate your symptoms and help your body maintain balance. Supplemental oxygen is one of the most common things that doctors prescribe for their COPD patients, and it can be quite beneficial.
Your lungs are designed to bring in fresh oxygen every time you inhale, and release carbon dioxide every time you exhale. If your lungs aren’t functioning properly, like in COPD, you may have trouble with this vital process. When you aren’t able to get enough oxygen into your bloodstream, or you have too much carbon dioxide, you may feel tired, short of breath, mentally foggy, and may sleep poorly.
Not everyone with COPD needs supplemental oxygen, but if your doctor recommends this treatment, it can help you feel much better. Oxygen can:
- Reduce the strain on your heart
- Allow you to exercise longer and/or harder
- Help you think more clearly
- Give you a better night’s sleep
This oxygen therapy, usually delivered through portable oxygen concentrators, may be more convenient and affordable than you think. Your doctor will let you know how much oxygen you’ll need, and what type of delivery system is best for you.
If you have more questions about your oxygen needs, and choosing a concentrator, reach out to us at Portable Oxygen Solutions!